Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Traveler's Tree

I love this tree.. (you can see I'm not the only one)! I was able to successfully propagate three from this one.. the mother which actually came from another -Grandma, (lol)

Traveler’s tree (species Ravenala madagascariensis), plant of the family Strelitziaceae, so named because the water it accumulates in its leaf bases has been used in emergencies for drinking (not a palm, but a tree and is related to banana plants and bird-of-paradise varieties).
Please click on the link if you'd like to see the whole tree (you may already be familiar with)..
This, the only Ravenala species, is native in Madagascar and cultivated around the world. The trunk resembles that of a palm tree and attains a height of more than 8 m (26 feet). At the top of the tree are banana-like leaves, with pale midribs that give a fanlike appearance. The leaves are 4 to 5 m long, and each leaf base, shaped like a huge cup, holds about 1 litre (about a quart) of rainwater. The large flower shape is also the same as the white bird-of-paradise tree which clusters contain white blossoms and light blue seeds.    
(The one above as well as the first, are from a previous post I did for Monochrome Weekly)


Jn. 4: 13- 14 (on thirst) “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
23 & 24 - "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

19 comments:

Ginny said...

Wow! I have never heard of such a tree!! Your header is a real brain teaser. One of those illusions that work on many levels. At first look, I thought SHARP. It looks like some metal machinery. Then I looked again and saw the lizard. You are very good at hiding them in your photos, and now I will be looking for them on every post. I've been concerned about you and was going to e-mail you at bedtime if you didn't post by then. How are things!

Leenie said...

I love the new header too. Took a couple of looks to see the lizards. And the tree is a new one to me. So spiky and tropical.

Nothing like that grows here. All that water would freeze solid in about September and stay that way until June--or July. Weather here today is perfect, but we had no spring and are barely feeling the summer.

rainfield61 said...

You must be a fan of lizards that can be found every here and there.

And when I am thirsty, I shall think of the tree...

The Write Girl said...

These are beautiful photos Regina...I didn't even know you could propogate trees. Sounds complicated but it's quite amazing looking. Lovely scriptures as well. Take care.

Regina said...

Wow that's beautiful and amazing work friend! It also abundant around here and looks great in landscaping. I didn't know the leaves can accumulate water. Thanks for the info.
Love you header I can see the blue sky and those cuties.
Enjoy a lovely week.
xo

Dave said...

I've never heard of this tree before and like everyone else here i must say your header is really captivating.

Sandra said...

I love the little traveler that is sunning in the travelers tree. like Ginny this is a new tree to me. we have a white bird of paradise in our back yard, the flower is simiar to this one, the tree is about that high, but not exactly. beautiful and thanks for giving me more knowledge. now if i can only get lost in hawaii, i would know where to gt water. I only WISH i could get lost over there.

Grandparents H said...

Thanks for sending me the link to your fire story, it was very interesting! Good thing that one neighbor was a psychologist! Do you think that Michael set that last fire?

Ginny said...

I just read your comment on my blog, and yes, there is a beneficial wasp that goes after garden pests. And it the wasp that I took pictures of! I did quite a bit of research on it after I snapped it, but did not include this tidbit of information on my blog. But you already knew that! You know about many things!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thanks to all of you..that makes sense Leenie..my the cold sounds wicked (lol)! G.H.- I'm happy you read that..I'm positive Michael started it! I would of been eager to join him! Ha ha. Well that is interesting Ginny! But you did your research! Do you suppose it will make a difference on his appearance now!! (Btw) the next photos of those chameleons- you won't have to hunt for (ha ha)
Regina..I figured as much and I had no idea they held that much water either! Thanks- Sandra..I imagine the same..Florida must beautiful as well!

doro said...

What a nice, little lizard, wow!
Hugs for rest of weekend!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hey thanks Doro..to you as well!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Wonderful photos as always. I enjoyed learning about that interesting tree! And also love the beautiful verse. Enjoy your weekend! -Tammy

Amin said...

Good morning!

Amin said...

I think I have not seen before so like tree....

Amin said...

The new header is very interesting and unique....

Amin said...

Beautiful photos!

Sandra said...

I came to say good morning and was struck by the first photo in black and white, the first time I came i saw the little guy, this time I see the amazing tree. i find that if I look at the same photo many times i will see things I did not see the first time. Love that shot
you mentioned the donkey/baby photo so i know you visited the Howling for Justice blog. I checked out a lot of his photos and info. lots to look at. Hope all is well with you this morning. it is hot, hot hot and humid here.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hey thanks Sandra! I know what you mean. Oh, I sure did- was so informative! I appreciate the link. I watched that with my husband!

Let's be perfectly clear- the war on free speech is spiritual!